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22% in US Have Brain Parasite That Alters Brain Chemistry
 
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22% in US Have Brain Parasite That Alters Brain Chemistry


http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2011/11/111104102125.htm


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"Toxoplasmosis, which is transmitted via cat faeces (found on unwashed vegetables) and raw or undercooked infected meat, is relatively common, with 10-20% of the UK population and 22% of the US population estimated to carry the parasite as cysts."

"The parasite infects the brain by forming a cyst within its cells and produces an enzyme called tyrosine hydroxylase, which is needed to make dopamine."

"[T]he findings could ultimately shed new light on treating human neurological disorders that are dopamine-related such as schizophrenia, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, and Parkinson's disease.
 

 
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